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A Level

History - Crisis, Conflict and Communism

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to History - Crisis, Conflict and Communism

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." Hélder Câmara. Crisis, Conflict and Communism focuses on life under Communist regimes in the twentieth century, including democracy and dictatorships in Germany from 1919-1963 and tsars, revolution and communists in the Soviet Union from 1855-1964.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades: option a

    GCSE grade 6 in History

  • Subject grades: option b

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature, and 4 in History if studied

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for ​History is 58.

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About the Course

You will also study England in Revolution: the early Stuarts, civil wars, and Cromwell from 1603-1660, and you will be able to choose from a range of coursework topics, which currently include: witch hunts in early modern Europe c.1450-1750, the French Revolution: Robespierre and the Terror 1793-94, and the end of the British Empire in Kenya.

Students can only take one History course at the College.

2023 History - Crisis, Conflict and Communism A level results


32% of our students achieved A* to A


65% of our students achieved A* to B 


99% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

The Crisis, Conflict and Communism course is a chance to deepen your understanding of the regimes that dominated Europe ​and to study the events which birthed the modern British political system. Students can choose between three coursework options; Early Modern European Witch Hunts, the terror during the French Revolution and Kenya independence in the shadow of the Mau Mau rebellion.

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By choosing History at Hills I've not only learnt about the past, but also the present. It's extremely interesting to see how history has determined where we are today.

Luke, Year 12 student

I loved the fact I could learn another significant point in history for my coursework, that isn’t in either course.

Summer, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


106 year 12 and 13 students take History - Crisis, Conflict and Communism

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.